Debut Southern novelist, Nic Stone, explores race relations through the words of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and the young black teenager who writes letters to him in Dear Martin, trying to make sense of his identity, and the racial profiling and prejudice all around him. We are excited to host this event as these are Quail Ridge Books staff favorites. Nic will be in conversation with local author, Scott Reintgen, author of Nyxia. We recommend these books for ages 14+ (that includes you, too, adults!)
"Raw and gripping." —Jason Reynolds, New York Times bestselling author of Ghost and Indies First 2017 Spokesperson.
"Black Yale-bound graduating senior Justyce McAllister’s life takes on a new harsh reality when he’s roughed up by a policeman while innocently helping a friend. Justyce, feeling powerless to escape systemic racism, writes letters to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Are Dr. King’s teachings still relevant? Like The Hate U Give, this story thoughtfully encourages dialogue about the challenges of racial issues in America. A must-read for high schoolers." - Staff Pick from Michelle
While the author event itself will be free, 12 lucky people will be able to attend a post-event dinner with BOTH authors! Here are the details:
COST (books + dinner): $40
EVENT: Receive a copy of Dear Martin AND either a copy of Nyxia or pre-order the sequel, Nyxia Unleashed (to be picked up after it comes out on July 17), priority seating at the 4 pm event (in the first 2 rows), the first group to be in line to have your books signed by the authors, and have dinner with the authors at Aladdin's Eatery right around the corner from Quail Ridge Books [dinner includes family-style appetizers for the table, your choice of a pita roll sandwich (vegetarian options available), and a piece of baklava] as soon as the in-store event is over.
TO PARTICIPATE: Email Broche at email@example.com and include how many would like to attend the dinner. Please include a phone number so we can reach you for prepayment. She is happy to answer any questions you may have about the event.
"Powerful, wrenching." -John Green, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Turtles All the Way Down"Raw and gripping." -JASON REYNOLDS, New York Times bestselling coauthor of All American Boys "A must-read " -ANGIE THOMAS, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Hate U Give
Every life has a price in this sci-fi thriller that has the nonstop action of The Maze Runner and the high-stakes space setting of Illuminae. This is the first in a new three-book series that will take a group of broken teens to the far reaches of the universe and force them to decide what they’re willing to risk for a lifetime of fortune. For ages 13 and up. - Staff Pick from Michelle
"A thrilling space adventure with an incredibly diverse cast. I couldn't put this sequel down " --TOMI ADEYEMI, New York Times bestselling author of Children of Blood and Bone